You have to feel at least a little happy for Philadelphia fans, even though they’re generally an obnoxious, rude lot.
They have lived through a stretch with the 76ers that no fan base should have to endure. The past four years the Sixers have been 27th, 30th, 28th and 29th in the NBA, and two years ago their record was second worst in history. (Come to think of it, the Sabres have been 26th, 23rd, 30th and 30th, but I digress.)
Finally, the future looks bright.
Philly will get a franchise-scorer in point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, thanks to the deal it made with Boston. He’s the perfect complement to 6-10 wing Ben Simmons (the No. 1 pick who was injured all last year) and 7-foot center Joel Embiid, the former No. 3 pick who looked awesome in 31 games last year. Embiid is one of the most exciting players in the game, if his knees hold up.
They are three perennial all-star talents who fit the drive-and-kick, up-tempo modern game. Imagine them forming a Durant-Harden-Westbrook trio that rules the East in 2020. On draft night, Philly fans can dream.